The bench also said that in academic matters, the views of domain experts should be given more respect and judicial interference should be minimal.
The Supreme Court on Thursday said that the condition barring a student who has taken admission in IIT from appearing in JEE Advanced is completely justified. It should be maintained. The apex court quashed the Calcutta High Court’s decision which had struck down the condition as arbitrary and discriminatory. A bench of Justice UU Lalit, Justice SR Bhatt, and Justice Bela M. Trivedi, while allowing the appeal of IIT Kharagpur, observed that IIT seats are valuable public resources and this condition has been laid down for their protection. It is completely legitimate and just.
The Calcutta High Court had ruled on a plea by student Sautrik Sarangi that barring an IIT student from appearing in JEE (Advanced) while not imposing any such restriction on a non-IIT student seeking admission is discriminatory.
The petitioner was not allowed to appear in JEE Advanced 2021 as he had already taken admission in IIT Kharagpur in 2020.